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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Hemlock Crossing

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8115 West Olive Road
West Olive, MI 49460


From US-31, travel west on Croswell Street. Just after crossing the railroad tracks turn south on West Olive Road to the park entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Kayak and canoe launch
  • Unique pedestrian bridge
  • Many scenic overlooks along the trails
  • Two small picnic shelters
  • Grills
  • Modern restrooms open seasonally
  • Rustic toilets
  • Hiking trails and cross country ski trails
  • Nature Education Center
  • Snowshoe rental
  • Paved parking lot

* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelters, restrooms, kayak launch and a one mile paved trail through woods and fields.


This map shows amenities, features and trails. Hemlock Crossing offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. Over six miles of trails meander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Trails connect to Pine Bend County Park on the west end of this property. A pedestrian bridge and numerous overlooks offer scenic views. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Nature Education Center. Snowshoes are available for rent during business hours for $6 for two hours and $3 per additional hour.


March 1 through October 15: 7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28: 7am to 8pm
Nature Education Center: Tuesday through Saturday; 9am to 5pm.Sunday; 12pm to 5pm


There are no entry or launch fees.

Dog Policy

Dogs are permitted at Hemlock Crossing. From May 1 through September 30, we ask that you take your pet on designated trails only. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Dogs are not permitted in park buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas at any time. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules

Parks Administration Office

Room 267
12220 Fillmore St.
West Olive, MI 49460
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (616) 738-4810
Fax: (616) 738-4812
In Ottawa County:
(888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.